“Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
While no one can blame the residents — in fact they should be applauded for doing what it takes to protect their own – this is, in ways I’ll explain below, not good. It is, however, a sign of things to come in countless Democrat-run cities:
In late June, residents near a commercial strip that had been looted, and the 3rd Precinct station that was abandoned and burned, were seeing a surge of shooting and drug-related crime on their block.
“It got to the point where crime had no consequences,” said Tania Rivera, 30, who runs a child-care center with her mother. “It was being done deliberately out in the open. Drive-through drug dealing, drive-through prostitution, everything from gunshots to assaults to sex out in the public. Everything you didn’t want your neighborhood to look like.”
The Minneapolis Police Department will no longer have a public spokesperson if the city council has its way.
Councilmembers voted unanimously on Wednesday to eliminate the position via budget amendment, according to Fox 9.
“We need to safeguard and rebuild public trust,” said Councilman Jeremy Schroeder, who co-authored the amendment.
“And right now shifting these operations to the city rather than the MPD is one thing we can do to restore trust, and save costs in the process.”
Councilmembers claim police spokespersons have spread misinformation about crimes and controversial incidents, such as the events surrounding the death of George Floyd, and believe they should hold greater control over the flow of information available to the media and general public.
“People do ask how often this happens,” said Councilman Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
The Minneapolis officers feared they would be beaten to death by the violent leftist mobs that looted, vandalized and burned over 1,500 buildings in the city and hundreds of businesses.
“While law enforcement is a high-stress career, the last two months in Minneapolis have pushed many officers to their breaking point,” Meuser said…
Among Meuser’s clients are officers who were inside the city’s 3rd Precinct police station, which was abandoned and subsequently burned during the May protests here. At least 13 officers were inside the building at the time, Meuser said, and some wrote what they thought were final texts to family members and loved ones fearing they would be killed. Ordered to stand down to protesters, some of the officers had fearfully counted their ammunition to make sure they would have a bullet for themselves to avoid being beaten to death, he said…
The transcript from the body camera worn by J. Alexander Kueng shows clear evidence that George Floyd was suffering respiratory distress before police laid hands on him. He died from a Fentanyl overdose, not from being choked out by Minneapolis police. This news will not bring joy to the crazed, leftist mob screaming to lop off the heads of the Minneapolis police officers who stand accused of “murdering” George Floyd and little attention has been paid to the transcript since its release on July 7. I hope to correct that oversight.
First a note about Officer J. Alexander Kueng. He also is a black man. He was adopted shortly after birth by a white woman and single mother. Can’t have that story out there. Simply does not promote the meme that white Americans are inherently and irredeemably racist. How can a racist white woman be a loving mother to a black child? Racists don’t do that.
Once you read the transcript you will understand why the Minnesota Attorney General withheld the video evidence from the public and why the defense attorneys are trying to get the information out–it exonerates the police.
Here’s the link to the full transcript.
The incident starts with a store manager reporting that George Floyd had just given him a counterfeit bill.
The owner of a manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, says he will move his business out of the city after officials failed to protect his livelihood from being set on fire in riots this month.
Owner of 7-SIGMA, Kris Wyrobek, told the Star Tribune in an interview that he plans to leave Minneapolis after protesters, arsonists, and looters wrecked the city in weeks-long riots over the death of George Floyd.
The riots, which started in Minneapolis, quickly spread to Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and other smaller to medium-sized cities. Police officers have been attacked in the unrest, businesses have been burned down and looted, and innocent bystanders have been killed.
Wyrobeck’s 7-SIGMA — which designs, manufactures, and supplies polymer and metal components and assemblies for printing, medical, aerospace, and industrial companies and has about 50 employees — will not be returning to Minneapolis after it was set on fire in the riots.
What you are about to see is part of a two-year undercover investigation into the leftist radicalization embedded within the climate justice movement that contributed to the riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In this first video, we are going to show how the Sunrise Movement played a preemptive role in carrying out the mayhem, taking advantage of George Floyd’s death and using it as a trigger point to further push their Green New Deal agenda while promoting the abolition of the police.
Project Veritas Infiltrates Anarchist Terror Group Posing As Protesters
Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council — a veto-proof majority on the panel of 13 — signed a pledge at a rally on Sunday to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department as it currently exists, The Appeal first reported.
Why it matters: The move to replace the police department with a community-based public safety model answers the calls of activists who have been pushing for a massive overhaul of law enforcement in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd.
- Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was berated and told to “go home” at a protest on Saturday after refusing to commit to defunding the police department.
- Council members said on Sunday that they had not yet fleshed out specific plans for what the new public safety system will look like, but said they would commit to working with the community and draw on past studies and policing reforms around the world for guidance, the New York Times reports.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) was ejected from a Black Lives Matter event after he admitted that he does not support defunding the police.
When asked by a BLM organizer on Saturday if he would commit to completely defunding the police, Frey balked and admitted he would not, resulting in the entire mob turning against him, yelling “resign”, “shame” and “go home” as Frey slinked off.
The incident is especially notable given Frey groveled excessively to appease the far-left, including allowing rioters to burn and loot Minneapolis for days, sobbing like a baby in front of George Floyd’s casket, and promising “structural reform” to the city’s police.
Frey isn’t the only Democrat leader the mob is turning on.
Minneapolis Mayor Falls to His Knees in Front of George Floyd’s Gold Casket
Minneapolis Mayor Begs For Aid After Letting Rioters Destroy City
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fell to his knees in front of George Floyd’s gold casket and sobbed uncontrollably.
This is the man who allowed his city burn to the ground, people to be beaten senseless, and businesses to be destroyed for days, refusing to call in the National Guard to help his people.
Who is crying for? George, or himself, or all the people he has let down?
I’m sorry, but nothing sickens me more than when anyone politicizes the death of any human being.
With at least $55 million in estimated damage and far more to come, Minneapolis will need state and federal aid as it attempts to rebuild hundreds of structures after the riots following George Floyd’s death, Mayor Jacob Frey said.
City officials are still putting together a complete tally of the destruction and cautioned that estimates are likely to rise significantly. Gov. Tim Walz and members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are trying to get government assistance to offset that cost. But in the past, neither the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nor Congress has consistently sent federal funding to cities ravaged by riots.
Minneapolis City Council members on Tuesday received an update from the city’s Community Planning & Economic Development department that estimated at least 220 buildings had been damaged, resulting in a minimum of $55 million in costs, though the city was “not yet ready to produce a credible estimate” of the losses.